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Tips for Allergy Sufferers ~ [Issue 0605-1]  Wellness Weekly
 Jun 01, 2005 07:31 PDT 


One way to help make your home safe for allergy and asthma sufferers
is to encase mattresses and box springs in a mite-proof cover. Terri
Dobey, University of Missouri, Columbia, clinical instructor of
respiratory therapy, says sufferers try to escape allergens in the
spring by heading indoors - where air pollution may be two to five
times worse than outdoors. Dobey's other tips: wash all bedding in
hot water once a week; never allow pets in the bedroom; wash stuffed
animals regularly or ban them from sleeping quarters; wash shower
curtains frequently; remove bathroom mold by washing with a solution
of one-fourth cup of bleach in a gallon of water; do not use
wall-to-wall carpeting in the bathroom; take precautions in handling
personal hygiene products, such as aerosols and fragrant perfumes,
which can cause respiratory irritation.
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